DR JULIAN WOJTULEWICZ,
MB BS MA (PHIL) FRACP Neonatal Paediatrician and Paediatric Sleep Physician.
Julian is a graduate of the University of Sydney Medical School. His general paediatric training was undertaken at the Royal Alexandra Hospital for Children in Camperdown, Sydney and advanced neonatal training at the Hospital for Sick Children and Women’s and Children’s Hospital in Toronto, Canada. Julian worked for almost 20 years in neonatal intensive care centred in a children’s hospital; initially in Toronto, then Camperdown and subsequently Westmead, in Sydney.
He has published on a range of topics in peer reviewed national and international medical journals on various aspects of neonatal care and management, including neuro-development following premature birth, acute respiratory failure in term infants and causes for, and recovery from, neonatal enterocolitis.
A reflective sabbatical was undertaken at the prestigious philosophy department of Georgetown University in Washington DC, USA where he completed a Masters degree majoring in applied ethics. He is passionate about fair distribution of health access for children as well as issues of moral and legal responsibility for the wellbeing and protection of the young, including end of life decision-making.
In the words of a colleague, “he woke up one day and went to sleep”. Advanced training in paediatric sleep medicine took place at the Sydney Children’s Hospital Network at Randwick and Westmead, and with Professor Colin Sullivan, the inventor on non-invasive CPAP, at the University of Sydney. He remains close to these organisations and the individuals within them. His prime research interest in sleep is in relation to the impact of low iron stores on behaviour, sleep patterns and restlessness, in kids. He is an articulate and enthusiastic educator.
DR MINNA KOO
MBBS, MA (Cantab), DRCOG, DCH, FRACP
Minna graduated from the University of Cambridge and Guy’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals, London. After working as a junior doctor in the UK, she made her home in Sydney and completed her specialist paediatric training in Australia through The Children’s Hospital at Westmead whilst parenting three sons.
She has wide ranging experience in general paediatrics and neonatology in metropolitan and regional hospitals, most recently as a staff specialist through the NSW Rural Paediatric Support Program based at Sydney Children’s Hospital. She currently has a part time appointment as staff specialist paediatrician in Kids Rehab at CHW.
Working with the Genetic Metabolic and the Paediatric Rehabilitation services at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead during training gave her a glimpse into the joys, challenges and potential for each child. This has led to an interest in caring for children with long term complex health conditions, disability, developmental and behavioural issues as their paediatrician and being able to make a positive impact in a child’s life continues to inspire her.
She conducted an audit of weight management for boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy in 2020 and has experience of paediatric weight management services during training.
As a mother of three adolescent boys, she has an insight into the landscape of life as a working parent and has seen families benefitting from professional help and guidance to navigate a path through their unique set of circumstances.
She endeavours to provide child-centred care, focussing on individualised goals for children of any age through to adolescence presenting with a range of childhood issues. Her main areas of interest include disability and associated problems, ADHD management, growth and development, bedwetting, weight management guidance and supporting new mothers and babies in the early years.
DR NATALIE GENTIN (nee WAINBERGAS)
MB BS FRACP General Paediatrician, Paediatric Sleep and Respiratory Physician.
Natalie completed her medical degree at the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa.
She undertook her specialist paediatric training in Australia. Her advanced sleep and respiratory training was done at the Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick and the Children's Hospital at Westmead.
She has completed fellowships in Cystic Fibrosis, Respiratory Medicine, and Sleep Medicine. She has completed a Masters degree in Sleep Medicine through the University of Sydney. She has a wide variety of clinical interests within sleep, general paediatric and respiratory medicine and is actively involved in research and education.
She is an honorary staff specialist sleep physician at Sydney Children’s Hospital and a conjoint lecturer at the University of New South Wales. She also consults in Darwin in the Northern Territory.
She is a mother of two young girls and adds her personal experience to her clinical skills.
DR SAMRIDH NAGAR
Dr Samridh Nagar is a Neonatal and General paediatrician with special interest in developmental and behavioural paediatrics. This includes the diagnosis and management of ADHD, Autism, Developmental trauma, Intellectual as well as Specific learning disability and other behavioural and developmental disorders. He is a member of Neurodevelopmental and Behavioural paediatric society of Australasia (NBPSA).
Dr Nagar trained extensively at the Sydney Children’s Hospital network and has worked in various neonatal and paediatric units across Sydney and NSW. Dr Nagar has been working as a Consultant Paediatrician in NSW for the last 7 years and is committed to providing excellent care in paediatrics. He has been working in paediatrics for more than 22 years, which includes his overseas training and experience in the specialty. He is involved with RACP (Royal Australasian College of Physicians) activities as a clinical examiner and in assessment of paediatric training.
With extensive training in neonatology and paediatrics, he has the expertise of follow up of preterm infants and their developmental issues as well as neonatal issues like Jaundice, feeding issues, poor growth etc. Other interests include Food allergy, Asthma, Eczema, sleep disturbances, seizures and other general paediatric issues.
New referrals for the age group 0-16 years are welcome.
Dr Nagar works closely with the parents to provide specialist evidence based care for their children.
DR NEHA SETHI
MB BS FRACP
Neha is a General Paediatrician, having graduated from the University of New South Wales and completed her specialist training in paediatrics at The Children’s Hospital Westmead. She is a Fellow of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians (FRACP) with over 10 years of paediatric experience.
She has a special interest in behavioural and developmental paediatrics, in particular developmental delay, intellectual disability, ADHD, Autism, and anxiety. She is passionate about helping children and families reach their potential and strives to achieve this in a holistic manner. She is also adept at managing general paediatric concerns.
In addition to working at The Kite Centre, Neha is a Staff Specialist Paediatrician at Blacktown and Mt Druitt Hospitals, as well as at Integrated and Community Health in Western Sydney.
She is a mother of two and brings her personal experience to her clinical practice.
Speech Language Pathologist
and Clinical Audiologist
Michelle is a dual qualified speech-language pathologist and clinical audiologist. She holds a Bachelor of Speech & Hearing Sciences, a Master of Clinical Audiology and a Master of Speech Pathology. Michelle has worked with families and children for over 15 years, initially as an audiologist and now as a speech pathologist. She currently offers speech, language and literacy assessment and intervention at The Kite Centre and will also be able to offer comprehensive audiological assessments for children at the centre in the near future.
As a Mum of three young boys herself, Michelle understands the value of working collaboratively with families and engaging children in a fun and supportive environment. She has a particular interest in early intervention and parent training as well as general paediatric speech and language intervention. She works with children with a range of developmental delays and disabilities, including ASD, speech sound disorder, language delay, social skill deficits and feeding difficulties, as well as children who are otherwise typically developing but need some extra support in speech, language or literacy.
Michelle holds additional training in the SOS approach to feeding, Secret Agent Society (social skills), Sounds-Write and Orton Gillingham literacy intervention and positive behaviour support.
Neuro Occupational Therapy
Lindy graduated from the University of Sydney in 1993 and has worked with children and adolescents for the past 27 years. Lindy has worked in rural community health paediatrics, in the School Aged and Adult programs at The Cerebral Palsy Alliance (CPA), in the Rehabilitation and general Occupational Therapy Department at the Children’s Hospital at Westmead, and at The Lighthouse Health Group for the last 14 years providing Occupational Therapy Services to children and adults.
Lindy is an accredited OT for NDIS participants and registered with Medicare and private health providers.
Lindy is passionate about supporting children and their families with evidence-based, family focussed practice that addresses the child’s goals and individual needs. Lindy believes that a strength-based approach facilitates a child’s development and empowers the child to achieve their goals and generalise their abilities across daily activities.
Lindy believes a multidisciplinary team approach with the family at the centre is essential. Lindy has a special ability to connect with children and families, and has personal experience of neuro diversity, ADHD and children with joint hypermobility syndrome.
Lindy is accredited to administer the WeeFIM assessment and is an accredited NDIS simple and complex home modifications provider.
Lindy has particular skills and experience in the areas of Neuro Occupational Therapy and children with physical disabilities. Lindy has worked for many years with children with brain and spinal injuries, and children with a range of diagnoses such as spina bifida and complex genetic conditions.
• Developmental delays;
• Babies and achievement of early milestones;
• Fine motor skill development;
• Development of hand preference;
• School readiness;
• Adaptive and assistive technology prescription;
• Wheelchairs and seating;
• Joint hypermobility syndrome;
• Low muscle tone;
• Spasticity management and hemiplegia;
• Upper limb issues and hand function;
• ADHD and learning difficulties;
• Neuro diverse children;
• Self-help skill development;
• Supporting school placement and engagement in all areas of the curriculum;
• Visual perceptual and visual motor integration difficulties;
• Developmental Coordination Disorder (DCD);
• Gross motor skill development;
• Expert Medico legal assessment and reports;
• Supporting OT students develop skills for entry into OT practice; and
• Case management.
Sindy is passionate about vision and loves doing what she does! She has been working as an optometrist for 16 years and grew up watching her father, renowned Optometrist, David Evian, practice the field as well.
Her special interests are
She also works with Children with disabilities and special needs and has trained in Basic KeyWord Signing to help to communicate with non-verbal patients as well.
Sindy received her Optometry Degree at UNSW School of Optometry in 2004 and has since furthered her studies through Australian College of Optometry in Melbourne, completing a Certificate in Ocular Therapeutics in 2015 followed by an Advanced Certificate in Children’s Vision in 2018.
Sindy is currently a Supervisor at the UNSW Low Vision Clinic, both on campus at the Optometry Clinic, as well as at the Guide Dogs Low Vision Clinic in Chatswood. She volunteers at vision clinics such as the Special Olympics Soar and Roar day.
A mum of four daughters, Sindy is very comfortable with children, noise and chaos and is calm, friendly, and approachable to children of all ages.
She is an AHPRA -Registered Allied Health Professional and Member of the Optometry Association of Australia.
Sindy’s Services include:
Natalie is a registered psychologist with over a decade of experience working with children and their families.
She is interested in the parent-child relationship and adopting evidence based therapies to support meaningful change in the family system. Natalie creates a calm, compassionate and empathic therapeutic environment to facilitate the strengthening of relationships.
Natalie has developed her skills over 10 years working in Child and Youth Mental Health (CYMHS) settings and most recently in education.
Problems she can support families with:
Natalie has two young children of her own, and understands the difficulties with modern life and parenting.
She is available on Wednesdays for appointments, and specialises in children under 12 and their families.
Natalie holds current registration with AHPRA and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society. She holds a Bachelor of Social Science (Psychology) and Postgraduate Degree in Psychology, and completed her registration in 2010.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)
Attachment Based Family Therapy (ABFT)
Circle of security
ASHLEIGH GELLERT (nee Palombi)
Ash is wildly passionate about every child deserving the opportunity to be the very best that they can be. She holds this at the heart of the assessment and treatment of each child that comes through the doors of The Kite Centre, all while making their experience fun.
Ash blends her extensive experience in musculoskeletal physiotherapy with a wide-ranging knowledge of Paediatric care to achieve the best possible outcome for each and every child. She has experience working with children of all ages, from newborns through to adolescents, who experience developmental delays, have connective tissue disorders (hypermobility), genetic conditions, coordination difficulties, gait and postural concerns, and musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
Ash has worked in some of Sydney’s finest schools and with a wide variety of sporting teams, leading their Physiotherapy programs and developing sport-specific screening tools; designed to flag injury risks and improve performance. Ash uses this experience, blended with her natural aptitude for fun, to ensure that all children and adolescents maximise their sporting and participation potential, may that be in a 1:1 assessment and treatment capacity or in the Physio led group classes that she has developed.
Ash holds a Bachelor of Human Nutrition and a Master of Physiotherapy. She has completed a range of postgraduate Paediatric Physiotherapy training and continues to stay up to date with the most relevant evidence-based assessments and interventions, ensuring the highest quality of care is always provided to your child.
Appointments can be made to see Ashleigh via the below online booking system;
Georgia is a passionate physiotherapist with an avid interest in Paediatrics.
Having had exposure to both the public and private physiotherapy settings, Georgia loves the challenge of working across a broad range of conditions. She comes with clinical experience working with children with developmental delays, connective tissue disorders (hypermobility), genetic conditions, coordination difficulties, gait and postural concerns, musculoskeletal conditions and injuries.
She has worked across the sporting spectrum, both with school sport and alongside some of Australia’s Olympic and Paralympic athletes. She worked closely with the NSW Institute of Sport preparing the athletes for the Tokyo 2021 Olympic Games.
Georgia thrives on seeing children reach their full potential. She believes in providing a energic and welcoming environment for children and their families.
Georgia graduated with a Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science and a Masters of Physiotherapy.
After leaving a career in accounting to raise three children, Fiona followed her passion for health and good nutrition, completing Advanced Diplomas in Nutritional Medicine, Western Herbal Medicine and Integrative Health. She is a qualified Nutritionist, Naturopath and Herbalist and has great experience in dealing with all aspects of nutritional health.
Applying the concept of “food as medicine” forms the basis of her work. Starting with diet to address actual and potential health line issues, Fiona combines the latest research with traditional knowledge to provide ideas and answers for her patients. Having three children of her own, she has a vast understanding of the difficulties of managing busy lives and fussy eaters while trying to provide a healthy diet for the whole family. She believes that the younger we can educate our kids about “real food” the better.
Fiona is also passionate about young women’s health and well being.
Her services include: Dietary Education, Practical Meal Planning , Identification of Nutrient deficiencies, Food Intolerances, Vitamin and Mineral Supplementation, Functional testing.
DR FIONA ARROWSMITH
Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD)
Fiona Arrowsmith is a paediatric Accredited Practising Dietitian (APD) as well as a Mum of 3 busy boys. Fiona has 22 years of experience treating a wide range of medical conditions at The Children’s Hospital at Westmead, Sydney, Australia. In addition, Fiona is a Registered NDIS Provider and a Credentialed Eating Disorder Dietitian. Fiona can help your child with the following areas:
Fiona can work closely with your child's medical and allied health professionals to achieve the optimum outcome.
Simon da Roza
Simons’ passion for education and insight into the minds of children, how they learn and why they do the things they do, has established him as an acclaimed and much-loved expert in his field.
Specialising in behaviour change, early literacy and growth mindset for children with anxiety, ADHD and autism, Simon has over 30 years of experience in teaching, leading and inspiring children, parents and educators to embrace a life-long journey of learning.
His passion for education and insight into the minds of children, how they learn and why they do the things they do, will help you understand how to help your children be the very best they can be.
Emma comes to Kite with 20 years of business and administration experience, having managed multiple businesses across several different industries.
She brings to the Practice Manager role, an expertise in leadership, a high focus on customer service along with organisational & analytical skills.
Emma builds strong and personalised relationships with clients, key stakeholders and team members alike. She enjoys being part of a forward thinking team and working alongside likeminded people.
Her extensive travels have instilled in her a broad perspective and sensitivity towards different people and varying cultures.
Her success comes from her intrinsic interest in, and warmth towards others.
As a Northern Beaches local, Emma is committed to being part of a meaningful, innovative business while ensuring the Kite Centre is the leading Paediatric Health Care Centre in the community.
She enjoys a challenge, and brims with initiative and enthusiasm.
Emma is a devoted Mum, which adds to her personal experience and empathy for children and their families.
Lisa has 30 years’ experience as an administration officer and medical receptionist.
Her skills have seen her previously work in Allied Health and Psychology practices, among many other diverse industries. She has love for front desk management and connecting with patients. Lisa prides herself on her customer service and having patients leave with a happy and positive experience.
Lisa has lived on the Northern Beaches for 30 years and loves all it has to offer.
When not working, Lisa loves to travel and spending time with her family.
As a mother of 3 children, she is compassionate and understanding of the challenges facing parents of today.
Director of Tuned In Music Therapy,
Registered Music Therapist
Anita is the founder of Tuned In Music Therapy, an allied health service providing individual music therapy programs and group music therapy for children, adolescents and adults.
Tuned In Music Therapy aim to support the use of music in everyday life to enhance health and well-being. Families report that our music therapy programs enhance communication, emotional regulation, cognitive capacity, creativity & social skills.
Anita and her team use improvisational music therapy techniques to support health and wellbeing. This means that each program is individually designed to include the persons’ musical preferences and a range of musical instruments are used to extend free musical communication and expression. Programs are designed to affirm strengths and explore areas where music therapy can enhance individual and family wellbeing. No prior musical experience is required to attend a music therapy program; our team of music therapists support creative and musical play through the program.
Anita presents at conferences and events on the value of music therapy and how it can create positive change for all abilities. She is currently completing her PhD at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development examining the cognitive and socio-emotional effects of learning music through creative musical play.
You can read more at www.tunedinmusictherapy.com or visit their instagram page to see music therapy in action (@tunedin_musictherapy)